The Centre for Astrophysics and Cosmology is part of the Science Institute, University of Iceland. Its general goal is to advance knowledge of the Universe through research and education in astronomy and astrophysics. The centre carries out research on a range of problems in these fields, including theoretical studies, observations and computer modeling. At present the main fields of study are threefold:
Gamma-ray bursts, their afterglows, host galaxies and connection to supernovae. The emphasis is both on the observational and physical properties of these objects as well as their use in galaxy evolution and cosmological studies.
Cosmic rays and their resulting electromagnetic radiation. Main emphasis is on modeling the high-energy gamma-ray emission while the long term goal is to model all available data in order to constrain the origin and propagation of cosmic rays as well as the structure of our Milky Way.
Dark matter astrophysics. Using computer simulations and particle physics models we aim at predicting how dark matter is distributed in the Universe, and how it impacts the formation and evolution of galaxies across time. By comparing this theoretical predictions with a variety of observations, we hope to unravel the dark matter nature.